British acting legend Brian Blessed has been appointed Honorary Patron of Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre.
The big-voiced actor and explorer told a sell-out audience at the venue, where he was making his first public appearance since he was forced to withdraw from a production of King Lear after collapsing on stage in January: “Clitheroe feels like my second home now.”
The Grand is encouraging art, music, and vivid ideas and all this amazing work in a tiny Lancashire theatre
“The Grand is encouraging art, music, and vivid ideas and all this amazing work in a tiny Lancashire theatre. It is an incredible honour for me to be patron at the Grand”
Steven Lancaster, The Grand’s Executive Director, said: “To have an actor of Brian Blessed’s great standing, a man who has performed at all the great theatres in the world as patron is a wonderful privilege.